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News, notes and observations from the Bay Journal staff.

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Sustainable seafood festival seeks ways to keep fisheries healthy

The National Aquarium hosted the first annual East Coast Sustainable Seafood Forum yesterday, and it began quite the conversation about how the Chesapeake Bay region could harness its resources and better promote sustainable products.

The aquarium has been developing a new seafood initiative, called Seafood Smart, that will help consumers make smart choices about which products to buy.  Why should consumers buy local seafood when the Asian and Canadian imports cost half as much? Do customers know how long the fish they are buying has been traveling or sitting on ice verses the fresh catch from a few hours ago? Are wholesalers and distributors and retailers doing their part to inform consumers?

Rona Kobell

The latest on Potomac latex spill

A spill of 10,000 gallons of latex into the Potomac River has water utilities switching to backup sources.

Whitney Pipkin

Seeking a park with a view, not a pee-ew

Recently, my family and I have taken to hiking in Robert E. Lee Park in the evenings.

I use the word hiking loosely, as my children are 4 and 10. We walk to the playground, then amble for about 20 minutes on one of the paths, before heading back just before it appears that the sun is setting. (My husband doesn’t like heat or bright sun, or we would go earlier.)

Rona Kobell

Picture This

Tips from veteran Chesapeake Bay photographer Dave Harp about how to capture the perfect images from your outdoor travels.

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Pond paddle provides lovely setting for photos

I always try to get out and make some photos on the solstices and equinoxes,  and an assignment to illustrate a story about Trap Pond allowed me to chase the morning light there a few hours after this year’s Autumnal equinox.   It’s an amazingly beautiful patch of wild Delaware near Laurel and will be featured in the November issue of the Bay Journal.   The pond, created in the 18th century to power a saw mill to convert the trees into board feet of lumber,  is the epicenter of the northern most stand of bald cypress trees in the United States.   The relatively young trees in the middle of the pond were planted in the 1930’s when the water level  was drawn down to allow the trees to grow.    Once they’re heads are above the water they seem to do fine in an aquatic environment.  Be sure to look for a more complete story about Trap Pond State Park by Tom Horton in the November issue of the Bay Journal.

David Harp
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Order of Chaos

Photographers go to great lengths to make order out of chaos. A good photograph has a strong point of view, clean lines, generally good composition. In this case chaos IS the point. Anyone who has ever witnessed a flock of snow geese erupt into flight knows that the sight and sounds of those birds says chaos to the extreme.    This flock was photographed with a 200mm lens, 2x tele extender, Olympus E-5 camera, 1250/sec. @ f5.6. ISO 200. The scene was made at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge just after sunrise, thin cloud cover.

David Harp
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January morning along the Choptank River

It was a very cold pre dawn January morning along the Choptank River.   Out to capture some winter scenes (since we didn't really have winter last year). I found this ice encrusted plant and made a photo in the early morning light.    Wanting more drama in the photo I waited until the rising sun barely kissed it and made another exposure. Sometimes is pays to wait for the light.Both photographs were made with an Olympus E-5, 12-60mm lens at 21mm.  

David Harp

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